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The Victory Formation:
Mikhail Prokhorov is worth billions, and he made it living in country that, well, we don’t trust. Sure, Communism has been dead in Russia for over 20 years, but hey, they’re the Ruskies. It appears as if that feeling is carrying over to Prokhorov if we are reading the tea leaves correctly. A few owners and GM’s spoke anonymously about the Brooklyn Nets signing of Andrei Kirilenko, because he took considerably less money to play in New York. Kirilenko opted out of a deal with the Timberwolves, which would have paid him $10 million. He is set to make $3.1 million with the Nets. So, being that he is Russian, and Prokhorov is Russian, something is obviously not kosher, right? From Adrian Wojnarowski via Deadspin: “Brazen,” one Western Conference GM told Yahoo! Sports. “Let’s see if the league has any credibility,” one NBA owner told Yahoo! Sports. “It’s not about stopping it. It’s about punishing them if they’re doing it.” Another Eastern Conference GM: “There should be a probe. How obvious is it?” Outside of the two being Russian, there is absolutely no reason to link these two together as doing a deal under the table. While many players typically [...]
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SOMETHING SEEMS FISHY
Mikeal Prokhorov's Nets were able to sign fellow Russian, Andrei Kirilenko, to a well below market deal, prompting some teams to ask for an investigation.
Andrei Kirilenko didn't land a lucrative, long-term deal, but he will join a franchise with zero fear of taking on an extreme financial burden.
According to Kirilenko's agent, Marc Fleisher, the Minnesota Timberwolves small forward of exactly one season will sign with the spendthrift Brooklyn Nets. The 11-year pro opted out of the second year of his contract in Minneapolis...
Brooklyn Net Andrei Kirilenko's wife Masha apparently lets her hubby cheat on her once per year. Not a different arrangement than seen in many a NBA nuptial...but the duo apparently has a good PR...
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A lot of basketball wives acknowledge the frustration of NBA groupies hanging around and worry that their man may stray a little out-of-bounds while on one of their long road trips.
One player's wife has found a way to keep her husband in check — at least 364 days of the year.
Masha Lopotova — the wife of new Brooklyn Nets forward Andrei Kirilenko — revealed that...
AK-47 must have really wanted to get out of Minnesota.
After opting out of a $10 million salary with Minnesota, Kirilenko will get the Nets mini-mid level of $3.1 million, per source.
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) July 11, 2013
The Brooklyn Nets have agreed to sign Andrei Kirilenko for the mini mid-level on a two-year deal starting at $3.18 million Kirilenko will have a player option in the second season.
Kirilenko spent last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves and opted out of his $10.2 million contract for the 13-14 season.
The San Antonio Spurs tried to acquire Kirilenko via sign-and-trade.
A person with knowledge of the deal says the Brooklyn Nets have agreed to a contract with forward Andrei Kirilenko.
The person, speaking Thursday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced, says Kirilenko has accepted the taxpayer's mid-level exception worth about $3.2 million. The contract includes a player option for the second year.
The Russian forward...
The Nets have been busy this offseason, and they’ve added one more name to the list of new talent – Andrei Kirilenko.
Brooklyn reached a deal with the former Timberwolves forward on a two-year, mini-mid-level exception, according to The New York Post. Kirilenko will now make $3.18 million next season, a surprising pay cut seeing as he opted out of the final year of his contract...
The Brooklyn Nets already beefed up their roster by making a big trade with the Boston Celtics, and they are not done making moves. According to NBA reporter Peter Vecsey, the Nets have agreed to sign Andrei Kirilenko for the mini mid-level exception, which is $3.1 million. The Nets are getting a darn good defensive [...]
MINNEAPOLIS -- Andrei Kirilenko won't leave the Twin Cities many signature moments to remember him by, but that isn't because the veteran small forward didn't make a difference during his one season with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The man nicknamed after a gun just operates more like an M-16 than a bazooka.
The guy they call AK-47 takes a knack for steady, persistent...
Mikhail Prokhorov was going to spend money. The rest of the NBA knew that when the Russian billionaire purchased the Nets in 2010. They were prepared for Prokhorov to go deep into his pockets to acquire top talent, such as the trade for Joe Johnson last summer and the deal for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce last month.
The owners aren't entirely cool with being brazenly outspent...
Welcome to Pro Hoops Central NBA Roundup: Free Agent Mania!
While it is true that since the Dwight Howard signing things have slowed down a bit, there were some NBA free agent transactions that went down Thursday.
Brooklyn has an AK-47 to add to its arsenal, the Lakers signed a former Washington Wizard, and much more. We’ll start with:
Is it any surprise that the Minnesota Timberwolves...